By Harold Bearden
Thursday, March 19, 2015 | 2:03 PM
Work on the $1.2 million drainage project on Highway 13 north in front of the old Hardee's building moved into the second phase of prep work required before the actual installation of a new culvert. Alabama Power has already moved poles and lines on the norrh side of the highway in anticipation of the work to be done later by the state. Robinson and Sons of Haleyville has the contract to relocate the main water and sewer lines in within 30 days. A portion of the concrete parking area in front of the Hardee building will be removed in order to relocate the water line which paralleled the highway to underneath the path of the new culvert. The culvert will be built or poured in place and will cause some disrumption in traffic when the project gets to the final stage of construction.
The overall purpose of the project is to eliminate flooding over the highway during heavy rains. This has been a problem at this location for at least 30 years. Through the use of photos and videos provided by hbtv.us, the Alabama Department of Transportation realized the problem was bigger than originally thought. The money was allocated last year as a special project and dwill take several months to complete. The result should be the elimination of flooding in the area.